Going for Independence CIC run art classes for people with a sensory impairment, culminating in an annual exhibition that stimulates the senses. Pam Bennett and Sophie Bishop, both artists, teamed up with Focus on Vision to provide classes to people with low levels of vision. Originally just two session s were intended, but the project proved such a success Big Lottery Awards For All fully funded the classes for a year.
These artistic sessions provide visually impair ed people with both the opportunity to create art and become involved with art appreciation discussions. The group also take part in Living Painting session s. In these, the group explore unique tactile pieces of art which include audio description. They have created a number of paintings and sculptures for the exhibition.
Going for Independence support and encourage people ‘s creativity. They have given this group of people the chance to take part in a new experience while fostering new friendships. The sessions help to reduce social isolation and help people form new valuable networks.